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This is the official blog for the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. Here you can access all things sexual violence awareness, prevention, education, and self-care. Being here is the first step in creating a community of knowledge seekers, activists, allies, and survivors. We will be posting blogs every week, and for special events, we may post extra, so make sure to sign up for updates or check back weekly.


 

Healing Corner

Now more than ever before there has been rising visibility of transgender Americans and unmatched advocacy for their legal rights. Despite the growing support, the trans community continues to have to fight for equality. In case you weren’t already aware, Arkansas is at the forefront of implementing anti-trans legislation.  

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX laws, schools are legally required to act and respond to any hostile environment that a student can be in. Any failure to adhere to this would lead to the school losing its federal funding.

More than 40 million Americans use online dating services or dating apps. As is the case when meeting someone new, whether online or offline, it’s wise to keep a few safety precautions in mind.

I’ve had the privilege to hear many stories from male survivors of sexual victimization. Often they say something like this: “I thought I was one in a million. That no other men had experienced what happens to me. Then I learned I was one in six. One in six men has experienced sexual abuse.”

There are multiple psychological results and distress that surface after a person has been sexually assaulted. It might only take a few minutes to assault someone but take multiple years to recover from it. Hence, it is very important to educate everyone on the effects of sexual assault trauma, as well as deliver the message that seeking help and reaching out is not something to be embarrassed about.

The domino itself is really, just a rectangular tile that’s used as a prop in a game. Believe it or not, the original game of Dominoes is played more like scrabble. Yet, someone decided to stand up these tiles and subsequently watch them fall one after another. The domino effect stems from the trend of falling dominoes but symbolizes so much more.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The themes for 2021 include love is respect’s “Know Your Worth” campaign, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s (NRCDV) campaign “#1Thing.” Everyone is deserving of a healthy relationship, the Know Your Worth campaign is about learning about healthy relationships and self-empowerment. The #1Thing campaign is designed to meet people where they are by encouraging them to do one thing towards ending domestic violence. Collectively, #1Things can lead to social transformation.

Rape culture on college campuses is very prevalent. We educate females how to protect themselves from rape instead of taking initiative to educate others to not rape or to be a bystander intervener to stop sexual assault firsthand.

Have you been watching Bridgerton?
How does Netflix handle the sexual assault scene?
This Blog by Lucy Rowett talks to us about sexual assault; more specifically, male sexual assault!

Growing up as a Marshallese female, I’ve always found myself wishing I was born a male instead. Yes, I said it! Coming from an island that doesn’t have laws to protect its women from domestic violence, especially within relationships.

Sexual assault is one of the many situations that we have seen bystander effect happen in our society. Various campus around the nation have seen sexual assault plague their campus in form or another. Research recently conducted has linked bystander effect directly to sexual assault. It reveals common themes between bystander effect and sexual assault.

Regardless of the happy and positive parts of celebrating, being around friends, families and big meals tend to draw out unwanted comments, questions, and opinions without any regard for what might be happening in your life. 

To wrap it up, my costume is NOT consent.

This blog discusses what pronouns are and the importance of using the correct pronouns for people.

Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, ...

Codependent relationships show a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy, and one or both parties are dependent on their loved ones for fulfillment.

Sometimes taking a break and stepping away is essential to self care, so lets talk about being Boujee on a Budget!

Tomorrow marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). This is a month dedicated to celebrating, recognizing, and sharing the culture, histories, and societal impacts of the Hispanic community in the US.

Forgiveness I think has gotten a bad connotation, forgiveness isn’t for the benefit of the attacker, assailant, wrong party, or whomever, forgiveness is and always will be for my/your/our benefit.

We often think of consent solely in relation to sex, but consent impacts our day to day interactions. Consent determines how we communicate, listen, empathize, and connect with others.

I’ve tried to avoid the situation too long. I want to release what is holding me captive in my mind because a prison of the mind is worse than any prison behind bars.

In this op-ed, Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, explains why she wants you to help stop teen dating violence.

Lately, it seems like I have been obsessed, OBSESSED with becoming a dad. No, not a real dad, (I’m nowhere near ready for that), but a dog dad. However in my momentary, although consistent and frequent lapses in rationality, I tend to romanticize what it would be like to be a dog dad.

Clothes are not consent. Clothes have never been consent. Clothes will never be consent.

Can I just say #thestruggle is real? I have been on the hunt to find extra and new activities to help me feel bold and confident.

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OUR IMPACT IN 2019:

  • Support Groups Offered:

    70

  • Individual Counseling Sessions Provided:

    1,395

  • Forensic Rape Kit Exams Completed:

    119

  • Hotline Calls Answered:

    976

  • Educational & Outreach Program Attendees:

    8,304

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